Madiran was created as an AOC in 1948, and only red wine can be produced under this appellation. The wine is typically very concentrated, high in tannin and traditionally requires several years aging to be at its best.

The style of really good Madiran is not unlike that of high-end Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated Bordeaux wines. However, it is softer and more approachable in their youth, mirroring a similar tendency in Bordeaux and elsewhere.